Unless you're working with a detailed wishlist, gifting is often a shot in the dark. That's especially when you're buying for a mother who has everything (and says she wants "nothing"). But if there's one thing I've learned as a beauty editor, it's that almost everyone appreciates a free beauty product. And since your mom undoubtedly deserves a good pampering, a beauty gift for mom is a foolproof way to really make her day this year.
The key to finding the *right* gift in the sea of limitless beauty products is, of course, to make it personal. Is she constantly complaining about her perpetually dry hands? Get her a hand cream (and make it luxe). Is she still talking about a candle she smelled years ago? Give her the exact one; it'll not only make her home smell great, but it'll remind her of a good memory every time she burns it. And, of course, there's absolutely nothing wrong with gifting her something she's used for years. You know she'll love it, since she's already given it her stamp of approval (and who doesn't appreciate a re-stock of their go-to products?).
If you're totally stumped, though, it's fine — all you need is a few suggestions from people who research products all day to get you started. So keep scrolling for a list of what The Zoe Report editors are buying their own moms — you're sure to find something yours will appreciate, below.
"My mom loves hand lotion, and L'Occitane's best-selling shea butter formula is *always* well received!" — Aidan Macaluso, Senior Social Media Editor
"This night cap will be fantastic for my mother's short and curly tresses." — Ryan Gale, Assistant Market Editor
"A few years ago, my mom splurged on a stay at the Gramercy Park Hotel while she was visiting and hasn't stopped talking about it since. Le Labo's Cade 26 is the scent created just for the hotel, so what better way to spark her memory from home in California." — Aemilia Madden, Senior Fashion Editor
"My mom is no stranger to a top tier skin routine. It's something that she's always taken very seriously and has instilled in me early on so it makes sense that she's a huge fan of La Mer — she would be so ecstatic to see her favorite moisturizer under the tree this year. And of course, only the best for mom, right?" — Shelby Hyde, Shopping News Editor
"I once gave my mom a CBD balm to help with her knee that bothers her, and she raved about it. Since she loved it so much and ran out of it, I'm going to introduce her to this one that I adore from Beboe Therapies." — Kelsey Stewart, Editorial Assistant
"I already gave my mom The Ritual of Advent calendar, with stern instructions not to open until December 1. She loves The Ritual of Sakura collection, but I think that this might be an easy way for her to find a new favorite." — Khalea Underwood, Beauty Editor
"My mom loves Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer but hates buying it for herself. I'll stock up on her shade for her this holiday season." — Lauren Caruso, Site Director
"My mom has a Baies candle from Diptyque that she's never burned even though she loves the scent. This is a great way for her to appreciate it without burning it away — and it's pretty enough to fit right into her decor." — Anna Buckman, Shopping News Editor
"I made the mistake of once passing on a sample of Davines' Love shampoo and conditioner to my mom and now she's addicted. I'd help her out by splurging on it for her." — Aemilia Madden
"My mom is very subtle so I know she is going to love this incredible Bordeaux Lust color from Tom Ford Beauty." — Ryan Gale
"My mom has been a long-time Jo Malone devotee ("anything citrus!" she notes), so I usually help her re-up on the brand's luxe body creme." — Aemilia Madden
"This marvelous in-home box set is complete with face masks, body butters, and foot creams. I’m gifting my mom the gift of relaxation. I decided to bring the spa to her this year and these are the perfect gifts to make her feel as so." — Ryan Gale
"If my mom could reasonably request a lifetime supply of Soap & Glory's The Righteous Butter, she would." — Lauren Caruso
"My mom blow-dries her hair more than anyone I know, and though I don't own one of these myself, I know from my experience at the hair salon that these hair dryers are truly amazing. It'd be a great addition to her styling routine." — Anna Buckman
"I turned my mom onto Dr. Barbara Sturm a few years ago and she hasn't looked back since. This serum's her favorite." — Lauren Caruso
"This Aromatherapy Trio is said to be the cure for modern stresses." — Ryan Gale